Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sportmanship in America

I have yet to read or listen to any of the sports media columnists, publications, sports shows express some dismay and concerned about the level of the hate filled cheerleading and vile sportsmanship by the Cleveland Cavalier fans during Lebron James return to Cleveland.

The sports media's silence in reporting on the absence of sportsmanship present during this game is revealing. The behavior and the expressions of outright hate displayed and expressed by the fans attending the event was the lowest level of sportsmanship witnessed in our nation in any sporting activity that I can recall.

The presence of children during this orgy of hate was truly stunning . The absence of any responsible parenting was just as offensive. The behavior of the NBA , ESPN and related sports interests in supporting and promoting and affirming this despicable caliber of sportsmanship is offensive.

The underlying racial related themes of some of the jeers and signage clearly gave fuel to this depraved level of sportsmanship. It was embarrassing observing a sports event that had the stench of racism and the flavor of the most depraved sportsmanship I have ever witnessed as a sports fan. Apparently even our sports events are not above the vile and petty incivility which is rampant in our nation of late. Cheerleaders of hate is not the sportsmanship I want my children and family to model. Apparently hate is the only sports that matter now in America.

4 comments:

BigmacInPittsburgh said...

I don't follow the NBA like I did years ago and didn't know of this incident.
But I'm not surprise or shocked at the behavior of the people of Cleveland,Ohio,it mirrors Pittsburgh,Pa.
Black folk need to wake up from this trip about equality and post racialism,because it all a dream!

D20 said...

"The underlying racial related themes of some of the jeers and signage..."

Such as...? C'mon... just one example?

Thrasher said...

D20,

Gilbert's letter was on some of the signage it reek with racism...Of course he was fined by NBA but not enough...

It is interesting how your comments ignored the hate filled cheerleading by kids with the approval of their parents...Apparently such ignorance is not revelant to you of course I knew that already..

Nice to observe you still obessing over me ..lol,lol,lol

no_slappz said...

Sportsmanship is what happens on the playing fields. Not what happens in the stands.

The fans may be crude and acting as offensively as they know how. But they pay LeBron's salary, so there's little to say about them except that they are rude and crude.

Whether you like it ior not, no one can stop fans from screaming whatever they want. Only the TV cameras can censor the crowd -- by turning the cameras away from the fans and staying focused on the game.